Don’t Ever Give up !

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more. 

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It has been a while since I last posted here. Many different illnesses, and interference’s.
I am going to Cardio rehab on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I found that there were three veterans that were also in rehab. I found out their names, and got to know them.
Two of them were in Korea like I was. Another was a Vietnam veteran. It is very interesting that there are so many veterans who are having heart problems, but I haven’t pursued that thought yet.
As I got to know the men, we found that we each had different experiences that should be shared with other veterans. I took it on myself to set-up official interviews with each of the men.
I will share so of the conversations with you on later posts.

The book “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life,” Is nearing the finish line. Just a few new added chapters, and finishing up with the large amount of interviews I have lined up, and the book will be ready for publication.
I will give you a quick sneak preview of some of the interviews I have had so far. No names; no places. Just quotes from some of the veterans. I will be disclosing names and places in the book. (This is called a hook, in the writing industry!)
One WWII soldier told me the story of him being a tanker in the war and having a Japanese soldier tossing a grenade into their tank. He said his close buddy next to him was killed instantly. He was wounded. He received the Purple Heart, and another medal for bravery.
Another WWII soldier said he was wounded and lying on the battle field pretending he was dead, as the German soldiers checked to see if anyone was alive. He survived that horrible ordeal, and received the Purple Heart.
A Vietnam era Medic told me about holding soldiers in his arms while they died. He also told me one soldier asked him if he was scared, and he said, “Yes I am.”
Another Vietnam Navy veteran told me he watched in horror as his best friend’s helicopter, he was the pilot of, lifted off of the ship and then crashed into the ocean. It sank with all the soldiers trapped inside. The water was too deep to rescue them, so they all perished.
The first Iraq war left many soldiers with PTSD. I have interviewed some of them and their stories are heartbreaking.
All these interviews and many more will be in the book.
I was in the military. I was deployed just like many other soldiers. I was extremely lucky not to be in a war zone. Many other soldiers were not.
The book will cover deployments, spouses left behind; domestic violence in the military; loneliness; some humor; individual interviews from many of the soldiers who were in the trenches, and many personal stories.
If you are a veteran, and current person in the military, or even a family member/friend of someone in the military, I feel this book will be very beneficial to you.
I am not plugging this book for fame or money. I am plugging this book to reachout to all of those veterans and military who maybe hurting.
Here is a statistic that I want to change some how:

•There are 22 suicides a day among the veterans and military. It has never gone below that figure for several years.

Please, if you are military, or a veteran, stand strong. Know that many people are praying for you. Don’t give into the negative thoughts in your head. That is Satan talking to you, and he would love to add you to his trophy wall of people who gave up.

You are a person of much worth. God made you in His image. He loves you. Cling to His promises, which are:
•You are never alone.
•You are never forsaken.
•You are never unloved.

And I must add…. above all…never, ever, give up!

Do Not Forget Our Military at Christmas

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more. 

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It is only three more days until Christmas. Many of us have all our Christmas shopping done. The plans for the family gatherings are in place. There will be times of joy, sharing, and love, when the families get together.

Now, think about the people who are in the military and won’t be home with their loved ones. I had to go through that when I was serving my country in Korea. It was cold a dreary at the Christmas I spent with many other soldiers.

We did what we could to cheer each together up, but in the end, the emptiness and loneliness, crept into our souls, since we knew that our loved ones back home were spending quality time together, and we weren’t.

Don’t forget the thousands of military who are serving overseas right now. Pray for them, and keep them in your thoughts. I was told this very morning that there are 20,000 to 30,000 military just in Korea alone.

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas, but please do not forget those who are away helping us to have the freedom to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Remember if you are in the  military:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

I Was Heading Into Harms Way

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more. 

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Time to share some more chapter titles from the book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” You can scroll down this page to find some of the other  posts and other chapters that have already  been mentioned:

R & R In Tokyo, Japan

About half way through my deployment to Korea, I was given a week of “rest and recuperation.” I spent a week in Tokyo, and had a exciting experience trying to hold onto a belly dancers hips.

Do I Need to be Tough to be in the Military?

While working on hill 468 in Korea, I was injured by grabbing a hot manifold. I stayed on the job because there was no one to replace me.

There’s a Tear in My Beer Since You Left Me My Dear

Many soldiers received Dear John letters. I was one of them.

Really?

I was talked into to knocking a Korean farmer off the road on a trip to the DMZ while in a jeep.

I Was Heading to War

The plane had its engines revved up and was ready for take-off to the Bay of Pigs. I was heading into harms way.

White lightening In West Virginia

Back in the states I was on a field mission in West Virginia and we came across some local white lightening makers. It didn’t turn out to be very pretty.

Scars Only Show Where we Have Been,  but They Don’t Show Where We Are Going

So many soldiers battle the after effects of their time in the military. I encourage the readers to never give up.

No Reinforcements Coming

There are times when we felt we are fighting our battles alone.

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For all you military and veterans…

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!